Updated Wed, Jan 18, 2012 by Saia
Whichever guild you choose though, it’s important to remember that you’re not just a player, you’re a person too. Don’t try to be something your not but, at the same time, keep an open mind. Guilds are, ultimately, a reflection of the people within it and, unlike in real life, you get to choose which family you want to join.
So, let’s look at the different types and the kinds of things you can expect if you join:
Social: Plays for fun, help each other, heavy focus on enjoying the game whatever your play style. Includes players of all ages.
Hardcore: Focused on PvP or endgame raiding. Usually 18+. These guilds are a step down from Vodka, KIN and Ensidia. Intensive raiding with set schedules. Vent/Mumble/Skype/Teamspeak a must. Will spent weeks learning fights on the FTR, often players or raid groups are professional players. The best of the best.
Some guilds live for the lore on RP servers.
Leveling: These guilds are much more relaxed and often have a large number of toons. There will probably be some 85’s but the majority of players will be lower level. There may be a focus on professions as well. It’s all about the journey, not the destination.
Roleplay: These guilds usually only exist on special servers devoted to RP, focus will be on playing in character rather than being a person controlling an avatar. Specialist language might be used, stepping out of character will be discouraged. Must have your character’s life story mapped out and enjoy the lore side of Azeroth.
Raiding and Progression: These guilds focus on raiding. Toons must be 85. Vent/Mumble/Skype/Teamspeak required. Will focus on any raid, normally tackling content as it’s released or on the preceding tier. Not as hardcore but still dedicated to raiding on a more casual basis.
PvP: This kind of guild will focus on Player versus Player content and are usually found on specialist servers. This could include taking the enemies’ cities, killing other faction players and a focus on the Arena and Battlegrounds. Must wear PvP gear over PvE and not mind doing Arathi Basin over and over again.
Uber hardcore: These are the guilds just below Vodka and co. but are not professional. Vent/Mumble/Skype/Teamspeak required as is a devotion to devouring new content. Will often learn tactics on the PTR and will go for realm firsts.
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